The Olympic Athletes Maria Jose Martinez Patino And Caster Semenya Through The Arguments Of Anne Fausto Sterling

805 Words Nov 24th, 2015 4 Pages
Competition in sports is about one’s skills and abilities compared to others to determine the champion. Throughout history, sports were primarily a male activity to show dominance against other males. Once females were able to compete, gender segregation became noticeable from the predetermined idea that males and females have unequal abilities. In this reflection paper, I will examine the discriminatory experiences of the Olympic athletes Maria Jose Martinez-Patiño and Caster Semenya through the arguments of Anne Fausto-Sterling. This argument will reflect the questionable actions made by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) using chromosome testing, which shapes a wrongful approach to gender segregation that leads to discrimination against intersex individuals. The Olympics supported unfair methods of competition as displayed by the decision to support gender segregation based on IOC chromosome testing. Fausto-Sterling discusses the incident affecting the intersex athlete, Maria Jose Martinez-Patiño, and her experience of discrimination in the Olympics. Unfortunately, biological testing made by the IOC resulted in her dismissal from competing due to having an X and Y chromosome. Fausto-Sterling argues, “One of the major claims I make in this book is that labeling someone a man or a woman is a social decision. We may use scientific knowledge to help us make the decision, but only our beliefs about…

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